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Company:
The Ohio State University
Division:
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
City:
Norwalk
State:
Ohio
County:
Huron
Country:
USA
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Posted: 10/26/2020
OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Salary: $38,004 - $63,036

Providing guidance and/or leadership for 4-H Youth Development programming targeted to local and area needs. Implement and support a comprehensive volunteer system though identification, selection, orientation, training, utilization, recognition, and evaluation of adult and youth volunteers to support local 4-H programming.  Utilize appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community. Design, implement, and teach educational programming, based on these needs, to groups and individuals comprised of adults and/or youth. The Educator may be required to replicate and adhere to existing programs that meet the needs of their local community.  Work with and/or lead committees and volunteers and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of program goals.  May convene and facilitate community coalitions focused on those needs.

Design and implement high quality, annual overnight residential camps.  This includes training and management of youth counselors and adult staff, as well securing staff (cooks, lifeguards, etc.) to work at the residential camp, meal planning, and some facility management. Work with county volunteers to design and implement a Cloverbud day camp program.  Work with the county junior and senior fair boards in supporting the county fair.  Replicate and adhere to existing local, statewide, and national 4-H youth development programming.  Develop promotional and other educational material. 

The Educator evaluates educational programs and dissemination methods, as well as utilizes existing evaluation instruments to evaluate the teaching effectiveness, program quality and results of local programs. Participate in discussions with county representatives concerning program funding.  May be responsible for the management of the county budget. May also be responsible for securing external funds to support local programming. Build relationships with diverse clientele.  Participate as a member of county, multi-county, and/or state Extension teams to further the overall mission, vision and values of both Ohio State University Extension and 4-H Youth Development.

Actively work to ensure a diversity among potential clientele and learners, as well as equal access to programs and facilities without regard to age, race, creed, color, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin, marital status, arrest or non-program related conviction record. 

This position is located in Huron County, Ohio.

  • Plans and conducts educational training, workshops, residential and day camp experiences, and other events in collaboration with 4-H adult and teen volunteers, as well as partner organizations to provide opportunities for development of subject matter knowledge, life skill development, leadership, and citizenship skill development. Conduct evaluations or impact studies on selected aspects of the local 4-H programming efforts to demonstrate impact. Examples of programs include: volunteer orientation and training specific to volunteer roles and responsibilities, camp counselor training, Cloverbud programming, teen leadership programs, junior fair board, special interest programs, and working with local agencies and organizations to address specific community priority issues.
  • Provides program and volunteer management oversight leadership development, and guidance in support of the   4-H volunteer advisory committee and other related volunteer committees; Organize and plan a variety of camp programs in partnership with other Educators, volunteers, camp counselors, etc.; Secure staff (cooks, lifeguards, etc.) to work at the residential camp, perform meal planning, and participate in some camp facility management. Collaborate with the local county fair board to assist with organizing, preparing, and conducting of junior fair programs, events and activities involving 4-H youth and volunteers. Responsible for keeping accurate records regarding volunteer and member eligibility.
  • Maintain and expand resources through grants, gifts, sponsorships, in-kind support and fees for program participation; Utilize impact evaluation data to create marketing and promotional reports for distribution to potential program partners and collaborators, elected officials and other local and state stakeholders; Utilize a variety of media/technology efforts including video production, social media, and print & digital media.
  • Serve as community youth development resource and expert in areas of volunteer management, positive youth development expert; Participate as an ex-officio member to county fair organization; Provide leadership and serve as member of the Camp Conger 4-H Camp Board; and Serve on other community coalitions as appropriate.
  • Develop an Area of Expertise appropriate to locally identified needs; provide expertise in the development, enhancement and support for statewide Extension and 4-H programming, including active participation in a state   4-H Design Team.

QUALIFICATIONS:  An earned Bachelor's or Master’s degree at the time of hire is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in Youth Development or other educationally related areas such as Communications, Family Relations and Human Development, Recreation, Sociology, Psychology, Education including Agriculture, Extension, Elementary, Secondary, Family and Consumer Sciences and Physical.  DESIRED EXPERIENCE: Volunteer administration experience as well as program development skills needed. Successful candidate must be able to utilize a variety of teaching methods that include lecture, interactive discussion, demonstration, role play, etc. Previous experience in 4-H, other youth development organizations, or similar experiences and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with adults and youth are necessary. Successful individual will have strong written and oral communication skills and experience in working with diverse clientele and organizations. Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends, have effective time management, organization, and prioritizing skills, and be able to work with minimal supervision. Internal and external applicants for positions are also required to accurately self-disclose all criminal convictions when they apply.  Background checks will be conducted on internal and external final candidates.  Final candidate offer is contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies or practices based upon the criminal background check.

TO APPLY:  Complete application instructions at http://jobs.osu.edu/  PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WHO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WITH THE OSU ONLINE APPLICATION FOR JR# 462248:

1)  Cover Letter
2) Resume/Vita
3) List of at least five professional references; include names and email addresses

Application materials must be submitted on or before the deadline date listed.